This morning Mum & Dan left the rest of us at home as they were going to, hopefully, spend the day at the Vale of Lune rugby tournament. How long they spent there would depend on how well Dan & his team mates played.
This was the 1st tournament of the season and the team were hoping for great things, especially as their nemesis team (Macclesfield) weren’t going to be in attendance.
When Mum & Dan arrived they made there way across the pitches to where the team had set up camp for the day, thankfully it was a nice warm day and waterproof clothing was not required!
The coaches then called the boys onto the pitches to start their pre-tournament warm up and to have some practice before the first game kicked off at 11am.
With the warm up & tactic discussions completed it was time for the first match of the tournament against Blackburn.
The team took their positions on the pitch, with Dan in his usual position of left wing, the whistle was blown; Warrington kicked off and with a few passes of the ball and a sprint up the field Dan scored the 1st try of the tournament in under 60 seconds! Hopefully this was a sign of things to come.
The match continued at a pace & Warrington played like a team possessed and won the match 3 tries to 0, as Dave the coach left the field he asked the parents “who’s boys have you brought this morning, they are imposters!”
This result really spurred the boys on & they started to believe that they could win more matches and possibly get to the final. After an hour’s break it was time to take to the pitch again and once again Warrington played like a team possessed and set about another whitewash, the defence was amazing & their opponents were not allowed anywhere near their try line.
With two matches played and two wins recorded the boys knew they were halfway to the final, match 3 arrived and like the previous 2 matches this was also a whitewash!
Finally match 4 against Waterloo, which ever team won this was going to play in the final and the loser would be playing for the plate – the boys were adamant they were going to the final! With this positive thinking and spurred on by their previous results yet another whitewash ensued – Waterloo didn’t know what had hit them.
The boys were in the final! Cue a feeling of nausea for all the supporting parents.
Warrington took to the pitch ready to play the final against Sefton. There have been a few club matches against Sefton and there have been a few defeats at their hands & there have been a few ructions between their coaches & our coaches so it was going to be an interesting match.
The referee blew the whistle and the final started. This was going to be a tough match for the boys but once again they stayed in their positions & didn’t let this final match phase them at all. They dug in hard and fought against their opponents and suddenly they had an opening and a try was scored.
The boys were delighted to score the first try of the match, unfortunately it also spurred Sefton on to play harder and they quickly scored an equalising try. Half time was blown and a team talk ensued. The supporting parents were becoming hoarse now from all the shouting they were doing!
The 2nd half kicked off and the boys came out fighting, they were not going to lose this match. They continued to play brilliantly and battled hard to score 2 more tries & then the moment of glory came; the referee blew the whistle for full time & Warrington had won!!!!!
The look of sheer jubiliation on the boy’s faces was absolutley fantastic, they deserved to be triumphant as they had played so well & had only conceded 1 try in 5 matches.
Well Done Warrington U12s – you played briliantly!!!